Got a Minute?

Book by Cleis Press Inc.

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Why, Yes, I Do

Got a Minute has helped to solidify the fact, in my mind, that there is no better erotic for me than sudden fiction. If you, too, are aroused by quick stories that get to the point (sex!), then I highly advise this well-written, superbly edited book that contains hundreds of pages of short stories.
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Pros:
Many stories, various settings, interesting formats, varied length.
Cons:
Not every story is good for every person, some aren't that short, no author information.
Rating by reviewer:
4
extremely useful review
As a fan of shorter erotica, I knew I had to have this book as soon as I saw it. The written is wonderful at turning me on but most traditional erotica is so long that I find it distracting. Either I am finished far before the story is or it draws on for so long that the mood flees for me.

Unlike a similar book I own, Got a Minute? is full length. At just over 200 pages, it contains a whopping 50 stories! There is plenty of fodder between these pages. Alison Tyler edits this volume and if her name sounds familiar, it's because she's not new to this rodeo. She has also edited Best Bondage Erotica 1 and 2 and the more recent Frenzy. There are more sudden fiction titles in her arsenal as well so one would expect quite the collection in this book.

And it delivers.

Got a Minute? includes stories of all natures and sexual orientations. There's a slight focus on heterosexual relationships and, if I recall correctly, there's a lot of monogamous sex going on but I could just be reading into things. It's pretty inclusive.

The stories themselves include actual sex, phone sex, recollections, voyeurism, BDSM, sex with strangers, water sports, oral sex, anal sex, toys, group scenarios and more. Got a Minute? has got it covered and it's sure to include something for everyone. However, as with any written collection, not everyone will love every piece inside.

My favourites include a Wild West themed piece by Clare Moore in which a young woman has a quick encounter with the Pony Express man. Shanna Germain's "Muff Diver" is a tale of just how much the character hates oral sex. It's tongue-in-cheek and involves a lot of tongue. Sharon Wachsler also spins an interesting story about a BDSM pair and the submissive who calls her female dominant "Master." The play on words and gender was intriguing. Gwen Masters' "The Writer's Muse" struck a chord with the writer in me as the main character takes a break from writing erotic to participate in some real-life eroticism with her partner.

It's surprising for me to glance back over a book and find so many stories that I recall enjoying. Usually there are one or two stories that remain memorable and, with more than one book, I cannot recall a single story.

I'm not sure if it's coincidence that most of my favourite stories are by women but it's not surprise that most of these stories are by female authors, assuming that I can judge gender by name. Unlike many collections, there are no "About the Author" blurbs at the end.

Many of the authors have contributed more than one piece, as is the case with Alison Tyler herself. There would still be quite a few stories even if none of the authors were repeated.

If I have any complaint about Got a Minute? it's that some of the stories are a bit longer than "60 second erotica." Some span five or so pages when I'd like to see them in the range of one to three. Of course, more reading isn't a bad thing in any way but I've yet to finish it and I've picked it up five or six times by this point. It makes a great purchase for a consumer but as a reviewer, I don't have as much time to dedicate to this book as I'd like.

For those of you who are interested in technical difficulties, the cover features a man and woman who are topless, wearing jeans, engaging in a lusty kiss. Not very discreet. The font face used in the book is readable and headings are interesting but conservative. The editing was superb, I am not sure that I can actually recall a typing or spelling error.

Because these stories are so short, every one uses words poignantly and, frequently, the last line is one the wraps up the entire piece with a neat little bow. This is true for "Come From Behind" by Cate Roberston, which ends with the line "Every time I come, screaming."

Got a Minute? may not leave you coming, screaming but it will surely help you along the way to either goal if you enjoy sudden erotic fiction.
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    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Anyone
  • Where
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    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Bedroom / on a bed
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  • Tori Rebel
    Tori Rebel  
    I definitely lean toward faster moving erotica as well! I have this one but haven't started it yet.
  • Waterfall
    Waterfall  
    Looks like my kind of book, I like to read longer erotica every once in a while, but I really enjoy shorter stories. Putting this on the wishlist!! Thanks for the great review
  • Kayla
    Kayla  
    I prefer slower stuff, but good review. I'm surprised there are no "author blurbs". How odd?
  • Adriana Ravenlust
    Adriana Ravenlust  
    Kay, it really is. That's pretty standard.
  • Tart
    Tart  
    Purr sounds sexy. My kind of erotica.
  • Nothere
    Nothere  
    sounds interesting, is it half half in terms of gay/straight?
  • mikebooks
    mikebooks  
    Great review!
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